Ruth Ellen Ball, 86, of Wilmington, Ohio (formerly of the Port William area) died 1:55 PM, Friday, October 14, 2011 at Wilmington Nursing & Rehabilitation Residence. Her husband, Millard N. Ball, preceded her in death February 7, 2007. They were married February 12, 1944. Mrs. Ball was born March 2, 1925 in Waynesville, Ohio, daughter of the late Bert and Lucy Hoover Bunnell. She was a graduate of Springboro High School.
Mrs. Ball was a cook for 27 years at the Wilmington Middle School. She was a member of the Dover Friends Meeting. She had been a member of the Wilson Township Grange and the Sunbeam Club.
Mrs. Ball is survived by three daughters, Shirley (Noel E., Jr.) Brown of Wilmington, Ohio, Linda (Roger) Barnhart of Wilmington, Ohio, and Kimberly Ball of Wilmington, Ohio; her brother-in-law, Albert Ball of Monticello, Kentucky; her grandchildren, Jeffery (Michelle) Brown, Timothy (Sheri) Brown, Bryan (Melissa) Brown, Keith (Kim) Barnhart, Kraig Barnhart, Jeremy Chloa, Kari Krabbe, Kurtis (Jamie) Boggs, Craig (Kristi) Boggs, and Jennifer (Scott) Harmon; 19 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, four brothers, Levi Bunnell, Everett Bunnell, Clyde Bunnell, and Ralph Bunnell, and four sisters, Hazel Gurber, Grace Boldrey, Dorothy Mullen, and Genevieve Pfeiffer, are preceded in death.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio with Pastor Dennis C. Bunnell officiating. Burial will be in Springboro Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420.